The talk surrounding CBS’ troubled daytime gabfest “The Talk” is turning snarky.
One day after news emerged that the crowded panel of hosts will lose both Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete when it returns this fall comes a report that it’s co-host Julie Chen who may be the derisive force.
Chen’s “queen bee attitude” is allegedly driving her co-hosts mad, according to the New York Post.
The report claims Remini and Sharon Osbourne, who recently announced she’s taking a break from the show, are “fed up” with the politics going on behind the scenes, citing a recent example stemming from the Casey Anthony trial. Allegedly an order came down from the top – that would be Les Moonves, who runs the network and is married to Chen – that the women were not to discuss the Casey Anthony case without Chen there because she’s the only one with “journalistic credentials.”
“[Julie] said, ‘My husband feels strongly that you should not be talking about news [without me], you are not news people’,” a source told The Post. “Sharon just said, ‘I don’t know about this.’ She’d had enough.”
In the same story, another insider claims Chen is “the glue that holds the show together” and pointed the finger at Remini as the bad egg.
“[Remini] was a disruptive force,” the source said. “She had a huge morale problem,” says an insider to the Post.
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Chen, Osbourne and Sara Gilbert, who also executive produces, are the only regulars confirmed to return so far.
The talk show has slowly undergoing changes since it debuted. Marisa Jaret Winokur was eliminated from the panel, which originally launched last fall with six hosts. Two executive producers also exited during the first season.
A CBS spokesperson has not confirmed the latest round of changes, only telling The Post, “‘The Talk’ just finished a strong first season … The producers are currently working on a creative game plan for Season 2, which launches on Sept. 6.”